Japanese chisel

A while ago I bought a chisel for delicate paring of wood that I saw other woodworkers use. I have a hood set of Veritas PMV-11 type so this was just to see how an authentic Japanese chisel would compare.

Nothing too special, I find the edge isn’t indestructible and doesn’t cut any better than my other ones. But it definitely looks cool.

This is a Fujihiro bench chisel, multiple hollow, with a red oak handle. 12mm (1/2”). I got it from hidatool.com. It’s hand forged by Chutaro Imai, a blacksmith who has been making chisels almost 50 years and is located in Sanjo City, Niigata prefecture, Japan. These bench chisels are forged with white steel laminated to soft iron.

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